(Thursday, December 13; Sioux Center, Iowa) The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-American Volleyball teams have been announced and Dordt College had a pair of players included on the list. The teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The program recognizes volleyball honorees in four divisions—NAIA, NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NAIA Division III.
Ema Altena (Senior; Sioux Center, Iowa) and Jamie De Jager (Senior; Sioux Center, Iowa) were named to the Academic All-American teams.
Altena led the Defenders in kills per set with 3.98 and she also led the team with 39 service aces. She also got to 2.36 digs and averaged just under a block per set. Altena was also named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete for a second straight season and was named a first-team all-GPAC honoree for the fourth time. She was accorded first-team All-American honors earlier this month for the second straight year and was an All-Tournament team selection at the NAIA National Championship. Altena is studying Psychology and has a 3.68 grade point average.
"Ema is a hard worker in all areas of life and has devoted a great amount of time preparing herself for the professional world of health care in physical therapy. Her competitive spirit and desire to serve others are balanced well with humility to trust God's leading in her life. After a tremendous athletic career, this recognition is well deserved,” said Dordt College volleyball coach Chad Hanson.
De Jager averaged 10.86 assists per set for the Defenders with 35 service aces and she got to 2.36 digs per set and averaged just under a block per set. De Jager was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Setter of the Year for the 2018 season and she also claimed all-GPAC first-team honors for the fourth time. De Jager was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete for a second straight season and was accorded first-team All-American honors earlier this month for the second straight year. De Jager is studying Education and has a 3.77 grade point average.
"Jamie's success and commitment to becoming a teacher in the classroom are just as visible through her effort and accomplishments on the volleyball court. She simply takes care of the details and she plans ahead in each area of her life. She strives for excellence and manages her life to the honor of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is tremendous for Jamie,” said Hanson.
Both Altena and De Jager earned First-Team Google Cloud Academic All-District honors to earn a spot on the All-American ballot.
Voting for this award is done by members of CoSIDA—the College Sports Information Directors of America.